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News from NLT

February 22, 2018

What we have in
this newsletter:

  1. BINGO! February 28th - Volunteers needed
  2. Send a student from Scona High School to DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME. Campaign ends February 28th
  3. DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME at La Cité Francophone & Mid-Season subscriptions are still available
  4. Local artists participating in NLT's Online Auction. Check it out!
  5. What's happening in the Old Strathcona Theatre District



For our bingo next week, we are still seeking six (6) fabulous volunteers!

Wednesday February 28, 2018
11:00AM to 3:45PM

Caesar’s Bingo in West Edmonton Mall

A light dinner, training and a ticket to see an NLT show is provided. Standing/walking and counting of cash is required.

Can’t help this time? Upcoming dates include days, evening, and a SATURDAY!

Wednesday February 28 – 11:00 – 3:45PM
Wednesday March 14 – 5:00 – 9:30PM
Saturday April 21 – 11:00 – 3:45PM

To sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities, please email Gina Moe at



Our Giving Tuesday campaign, to send fifty students to see DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME, is now up to  46 tickets! This campaign is open until February 28th. For every $50 donated, NLT will send one student from Scona High School’s drama program to see the World Premiere of this play written by local playwright, Cat Walsh.  All donations receive a tax receipt.

Donations for this campaign can be made directly through the Northern Light Theatre website, through Canada Helps, or by calling the office at 780-471-1586.

Did you make a donation to NLT through Canada Helps in 2017?  All donors will receive a link to their Canada Helps tax receipt(s) before the end of February. Or you can access your donor profile here.

MARCH 13-25, 2018


By Edmonton playwright CAT WALSH
With French translation by MANON BEAUDOIN

Co-production with L’UniThéâtre
March 13- 25, 2018
La Cité Francophone

Brian Dooley, Steve Jodoin, Nicole St. Martin
Directed by
Trevor Schmidt     

“Montreal, 1963- the world is on a precipice of major change in the fields of science, civil rights and women’s liberation.  Twelve-year-old Genevieve, the only girl in her large religious family, wants nothing more than to be an altar server at her church.  Father Paul tells her that girls are strictly not allowed - so Genevieve prays to God to change his mind.  When star altar boy Martin disappears on his way home from school, Genevieve wonders if her prayers have been answered  – in the most terrible way.” 

Comedy/Drama, Family Friendly (Suitable for Children attending with an adult)

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME is being performed in both French and English by a single bilingual cast on alternating performance nights.

Single Tickets
Available at the door, on the website, or call
$25 Student/Senior
$30 Adult
$20 Matinee
(all prices do not include GST)

Group Tickets
Group Rates are available at Northern Light Theatre at $20.00 per ticket for groups of 10 or more.

Mid-Season Subscriptions Are Still Available! 
NLT continues to offer Subscription Ticket Prices that cannot be beat. For the remaining two shows in our season: DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME and SLUT, you can see two shows for the price of one!
Opening Night: $40.00
Adult: $35.00
Student/Senior: $25.00
Preview or Sunday Matinee: $20.00

To Book your tickets for one of the English Performances
Call Northern Light Theatre at (780)471-1586, book online at or email General Manager Gina Moe at

Want to see the show again in French with a 50% discount?
If you would like to see the show again in French, you can receive a 50% discount to a French performance with your Northern Light Theatre Ticket Stub. To learn more about the French performance dates, times and ticket prices, please call 780-469-8400 or visit 
(Different ticket prices, dates, and start times apply to the French Performances)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:30PM
Preview (Pay what you can preview)

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:30PM
Opening with Reception by Café Bicyclette

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2:00PM Matinee
(Preshow Director’s Circle Event in Rotunda at 1pm)

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 7:30PM Performance

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
(NLT 2 for 1 Ticket sold at the door) 

Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:30PM Performance
(Post show Guest Speaker Salon)

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2:00PM Matinee

Sunday, March 25, 2018 7:30PM



L’UniThéâtre Performance Space (La Cité Francophone)
8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (8627-91 Street NW)
Edmonton, AB

La Cité Francophone is a lively community hub with galleries, the Café Bicyclette Bistro and their weekly Sunday afternoon farmer’s market.   There is free parking located along the North side of the building as well as residential parking.

Theatre Space (capacity 120)

For Tickets to the English Performances please visit or call

For Tickets to the French Performances please visit or call 780-469-8400

Accessibility: The facility and theatre are wheel chair accessible.  (Wheel Chair seating is limited to the main floor, so it is important to book in advance so your seats are reserved for you.)
Our performance run also coincides with the Annual French Canadian Sugar Shack event, celebrating the maple harvest, March 16-17, and 23-24.  Starting at 6pm Café Bicyclette offers their special Sugar Shack Dinner for $75.00 per person.

Café Bicyclette is open before and after each performance. If you would like to add a beautiful dining experience of French-Country cuisine to your evening visit to find out more.


With over $10,000.00 in donated prizes, NLT’s 8th Annual Online Auction is not to be missed!

We have received so many beautiful items from our partnering businesses.  Today, we are highlighting some of the local artists who have made contributions to this year’s auction.   All of the funds raised in the silent auction will go directly towards NLT’s artistic programming.

Caylan Jane Boards + Bangles 2 handcrafted resin bangles, value $80.00
Caylan Jane is an artist based out of Sherwood Park, Alberta.  She creates one of a kind artworks and jewellery by mixing different mediums with resin. 

Calyan Jane graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Photography and a diploma in Architectural Technology.  While working on her career in architecture, drawing buildings, she continued to work on her photography, paintings and design.  She discovered a passion for creating with acrylics and resin.  Caylan Jane is fascinated by colours, textures and layers which embody her abstracts, portraits, and illustrations.  Her art inspired the creation of the jewellery.  “When working with resin I would the resin would drip off of the sides.  I did not want to waste it so I started collecting it into a mold.  That’s how the bangles were started”

Caylan Jane will also be a vendor at the upcoming RAW Artists, March 22 at Union Hall.


To find out more about Caylan Jane’s work visit her website at:

Tickets for RAW Artists are available at:

Edmonton Cityscape Necklace in copper by Smithstine Copper, value: $55.00
Artist Kristine MacDonald is Smithstine Copper, a small one woman copper shop specializing in handmade and locally inspired jewelry.  “I realized my passion for working in metal in 2011, when I first began attending community silversmithing classes. Since then I’ve worked hard to teach myself new skills and techniques involved in metalsmithing.  I value the art of making things by hand, from scratch.”

“Copper has become my metal of choice because it is soft, shines up beautifully and is not particularly common in jewelry making.  My copper designs are mainly prairie related because I appreciate Alberta’s diverse features, creatures and landmarks.”


To see more of Kristine’s work visit her website at or follow her on social media through:
Instagram @kmacsmicle
Twitter @smithstiner
Facebook /smithstinecopper

Framed print by Amanda Schutz, Winter-Wonderland, value: $50.00
Amanda Schutz graduated from MacEwan University’s Design and Illustration program before founding Curio Studio (as Woodward Design) in 2002.   She has since guided it to become one of Edmonton’s most recognized graphic design firms.  Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and been exhibited in New York’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.  Amanda is also one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40.  “Being a designer helps me better understand the role of illustration within an overall design, and the ways in which the two disciplines work together.”

Amanda’s creative team at Curio Studio have been behind the signature look of NLT’s posters, program, and marketing materials for over a decade.


Be sure to check out more of Amanda’s art work on her personal website at:

Selfridge Studio Framed Nude Etching by Carol Selfridge, value $150.00


Selfridge Studio, Large Ceramic Platter (wall hanging or practical dish – your choice), value: $150.00


Carol and Richard Selfridge are artists who have worked collaboratively in Edmonton since 1974.  Their majolica and wood-fired stoneware has been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 250 juried and invitational exhibitions in the past 40 years.  There work can be found in numerous public and private collections. 

To see past work, their extensive biographies, as well as items that are currently available for sale visit their website at:

Ornament by Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur of Voyager Art & Tile, value $30.00


This whimsical ornament is inspired by IMMENSE MODE, the 20’ high and 42,000 pounds of brick and mortar public art sculpture by Voyager Art & Tile located at the transit centre outside of Southgate mall, Edmonton.

Red Deer-based artists Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur imaged their large sculpture to represent the thousands of real, human legs that use the transit centre by standing and waiting for a bus or train, or walking to and from the shopping centre.  After all, public transit is only partly about trains and buses; the rest is up to us.

Originally from Massachusetts, Dawn Detarando received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1996 and her Master of Fine Art from The Ohio State University in 1998.  Dawn won the Lieutenant Governor General Emerging Artist Award for 2009. Brian McArthur is an accomplished artist and a native of Red Deer. He graduated from the Red Deer College Arts program in 1992, attained a BFA from the University of Regina in 1994, and has an MFA from the Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio in 1997. He collaborated with his partner Dawn Detarando in 1999 to create Voyager Art & Tile. Together they create public art and a line of art tiles for the gift market, interior design applications and public art spaces. Brian continues create new ceramic sculpture that is recognized and exhibited nationally and internationally.

For more about Voyager Art & Tile visit:

Framed Original Painting by Dawn Marie Marchand, value $300.00
Dawn Marie Marchand is a student of the Boreal Forest Institute for the Indigenous Arts in Fort McMurray and has worked with influential teachers and mentors such as Alex Janvier, Joanne Cardinal –Schubert, Jane Ash Poitras, Edward Poitras, Brian Clark and Rebecca Belmore.  These mentors greatly influenced her work and led her to community and youth mentorship in her own art practice.

As an artist, author, and educator, Marchand has spent many years using her artistic talents to work with and positively impact at-risk youth and adult artist who experience barriers in building or growing their practice.  Widely known for her collaborative work within the community, several highlights include large scale temporary public artworks at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, City Hall, the Works Arts and Design Festival and on the streets during PARK(ing) Day; guest lecturing at the University of Alberta; co-founding Cree8Success, a local conference focused on inspiring Aboriginal students,; and working as an artist mentor and instructor for the Art Mentorship Society of Alberta.

Marchand was the artist in residence for the City of Edmonton’s Indigenous Relations Office from 2016-2017.  The Indigenous Relations Office connects the Indigenous community to appropriate City departments, programs and services and strives to continue building good relations with Indigenous people in the spirit and intent of Edmonton City Council’s historic 2005 Declaration and subsequent 2007 Urban Aboriginal Accord.


For more about Dawn Marie Marchand visit:

NLT’s online auction is set to go live online March 12th. You can also check out many of the items in person at our display before each performance of DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME at La Cité Fracophone.


Since last winter NLT has been meeting with the other companies that work in Old Strathcona and the Theatre District to find new creative ways that we can work together, boost each other’s work and create a stronger collective voice for the arts in Edmonton. We are dedicated to not only telling you about the work that NLT is producing, but all of the companies, professional and indie, that work and perform in Old Strathcona.


A One Little Indian Production of
written and Performed by Sheldon Elter
Feb 15. – Mar 4, 2018
The Roxy on Gateway
8529 Gateway Blvd.

In Sheldon Elter's hilarious and heartbreaking one-person show, we follow a young Métis man on his journey out of a destructive cycle. In dynamic shifts between storytelling, stand-up comedy, and multi-character vignettes; this personal tale unfolds to expose the impact of family dysfunction, internalized racism, and the significance of embracing life's choices.


The Varscona Theatre Presents: 
The Janes production of
Feb. 15 – Feb 24, 2018

The Janes heat up this February with this smart and hilarious musical comedy based on Pedro Almodovar's beloved musical. It's 1980's Madrid- a time when the city was pulsing with art, industry and liberated women. Our taxi driver takes you on the ride of a lifetime as we follow Pepa, who's world is unravelling around her. It's a tumultuous forty-eight hours of love, confusion, deception and passion with David Yazbek's sizzling music and a laugh-out-loud book by Jeffrey Lane (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).   Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek, Book by Jeffrey Lane.

The 11’O’Clock Number!

Grindstone Theatre Presents
The 11’O’Clock Number!

This award winning improvised musical is now in its 6th season. Coming up:
February 23rd – Life as a musical – 9pm
March 9th – FRIENDS – an improvised sitcom musical - 9pm

Tickets available at the door or online


Pyretic Productions and St. John’s Institue in Association with Punctuate! Theatre and Theatre of the New Heart Present
Fringe Theatre Adventures: BLOOD OF OUR SOIL
Feb 28 – Mar 9, 2018
Westbury Theatre

After generations of conflict, a new crisis opens old wounds.

A unique creative production depicting the struggles of the Ukrainian people against the atrocities of Stalin, to the horrors of Hitler, while drawing disturbing parallels to the current Putin regime.  BLOOD OF OUR SOIL integrates dramatic storytelling, live Ukrainian folk music, a fusion of Ukrainian and contemporary dance, and a projection design that paints a landscape of both beauty and terror.

Inspired by the actual experiences of the playwright’s Ukrainian grandparents in WWII, and the true accounts of people in the heart of the conflict zone of Eastern Ukraine, where members of Pyretic Productions travelled to research the script in Oct. 2017.  BLOOD OF OUR SOIL gives voice to the voiceless people whose lives have been changed forever by Ukraine’s frozen conflict. 

An emotionally evocative and interactive lobby installation created by a team of artists will be on display throughout the run of the production.  There will be several talkbacks with members of the creative team, and a pre-show panel discussion will take place Friday, March 2.  The panelists participating will include MP Linda Duncan, and a veteran of the war in Eastern Ukraine, DMytro Lavrenchuk, who served in the Luhansk Battallion in 2014, and was wounded in battle.

For more information and tickets.


A Monthly Play Reading Series by Members of the Playwrights Guild of Canada

Next Event:
Sunday March 11th, 7:30pm
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
10037,-84th Ave.
Upper Hall

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


Send in the Girls Burlesque presents: 
A Canadian Burlesque Review
Mar. 30-31st, 2018
Capitol Theatre in Fort Edmonton Park

We dare you to join us and the Send in the Girls Burlesque for an uninhibited look into the untold story of Canadian feminists, heroines and trailblazers, WITH GLOWING HEARTS is a thrilling burlesque adventure.  Enjoy and evening of dance and attitude with the award-winning burlesque troupe. Hosted by the incomparable Albertan feminist Nellie McClung, you won’t want to miss this patriotic party.

“It’s a smart, funny, sexy riot. We learn a lot about the Famous Five, Laura Secord, two Klondike Kates and the Edmonton Grads. And by the end of the show, we wonder if maybe we’re all dopes by not taking up burlesque in our spare time.”
– Todd Babiak

“Set to Canadian earworms from the “Hockey Night in Canada Theme,” all the way to Celine Dion hits, this performance is almost worth the price of admission for the musical nostalgia trip alone. But, it also packs impressive levity into each dance number: a tightly choreographed routine where women tease off their zany historical costumes.”
— Vue Weekly

Written by: Ellen Chorley
Choreography by: Leah Patterson
Featuring:  Ellen Chorley, LeTabby Lexington, Sarah Jackson, Madelaine Knight, Kiki Quinn, Sydney Parcey

This adult rated show includes coarse language, mature subjects, and partial nudity.  Not suitable for minors.


Grey Forest Manor

Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre presents:  Grey Forest Manor
by Spasoje Ž. Milovanović
Feb 23, 2018, 8pm in the
Serbian Cultural Center
12904-112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB

One night only! Tickets: $25.00

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